A spider with a taste for brrainssss....
January 1, 2010 8:53 PM Subscribe
When I was 5 I brought a spider back from the dead. Or so I'm told. A long story inside...please tell me what REALLY happened.
posted by bodgy to Science & Nature (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
As short as I can make it...but here are 3 stages to it.
My sister, who is much older than I, remembers hearing in a high school science class that if a fly were to die but not have a physical injury (i.e. no flyswatter involved) and you put the fly in salt then the fly would return to life. My sister didn't really believe this story...
That same sister then saw on Mr. Rogers neighborhood an episode where a fish died. Mr. Rogers tried to bring the fish back to life by putting it in salt water. It didn't work and ended with a little funeral for the fish and a discussion on death, but my sister put it in the back of her mind that perhaps there was something to this salt necromancy.
Tonight my sister reminded me of a story from my youth. I was 5 years old and caught a spider. It was my newest pet and I took it the next day in a little jar for show and tell. It was passed to all the students who shook the jar...or perhaps there was not enough oxygen...but for whatever reason I came home from my half day of kindergarten all broken up because the spider had, in my 5 year old mind, fainted.
My sister, then 14, examined the spider. It was on its back, legs up. Per her non-veterinary diagnosis, the spider was dead. She saw my disappointment in losing a pet and thought it was time to put the salt to the test.
She poured a bowl of salt and we dumped the spider in it. A moment passed, and then the spider leaps out of the bowl and started speeding across the counter.
We are all freaked out, one by the loose spider, and two by the fact that it was a zombie spider. After we calmed down we captured the spider again but it "died" again the next day, and the salt did not revive it.
So...what really happened? Is there any truth to this salt-necromancy? Was the spider just passed out and we really pissed it off by dousing it in salt? Has anyone else heard of this salt resuscitation? Any clarification on this very weird incident would be appreciated.